Lovely Affliction

Lovely Affliction

“I’m not making it up,” I say. I know she doesn’t believe me. “I know that, Grandma.” No, you don’t. “Do you?” “Yes,” Maggie says and then sighs. I know she thinks I’m nuts. She’s sitting in the visitor’s chair next to my hospital bed. Her elbows are resting on her...
The Dawn Party

The Dawn Party

“And you say this is noble, Germaine?” asked the guest. Count Germaine Edderington the Fourth, and last, scratched at his pale cheek. “Noble, well, er, it depends on your perspective, doesn’t it?” “Do go on.” Germaine swallowed and took a moment to take in the...
Chicken Balls & Lobster

Chicken Balls & Lobster

April was gazing at the counter. She had been doing this, off and on, for several minutes now and Dennis was getting curious. "Penny, or even a quarter, for your thoughts?" He asked. "Hmmm?" She turned toward him. "Sorry, that singing lobster...
Miracles?

Miracles?

“You know, you just don’t see miracles anymore,” Don said as they followed the trail along the steep edge of the valley. Marie stopped and wiped sweat from her brow. “What are you talking about?” she asked. “Oh, just thinking out loud.” “So, what led you to that...
Frank Feeds a Fox

Frank Feeds a Fox

“How are you today, Mr Fox?” Frank asked as he arrived in the forest clearing. The fox made no move other than its regular little head tilt. It sat at the far side of the space, watching Frank — in the open but near enough to the underbrush that it could scurry away...
My Empire For A Battery

My Empire For A Battery

Spiegal ran, had been running for hours now. The charge gauge was only a slight tilt of his head away but he didn’t dare look at it. Not yet. No, he needed to run for at least another hour before he looked. Then it might be enough that he could stop. The afternoon air...
Earthrise

Earthrise

It would come up again soon, or rather they would come to it. From her position in the observation lounge, Tess could see the grey, cratered surface of the Moon rolling by below. Beyond it was only the blackness of space. For now. She looked at the timer on her...
In The Machine

In The Machine

The artist knows what he wants to capture. The artist knows the ebb and flow of life, can feel it through his practised eye and steady hand. What a load of bullshit. I get paid for what I do. I’m a professional artist. But you know what? Every fucking time is...
The Professor’s Assistant

The Professor’s Assistant

The old man looked great. He was flying across the floor, spurting out chemistry theory like it was music. Professor Millard seemed to go through phases like that. Last month he had looked like he was about to die. He had been pale and his hair was wispy and limp. But...
A Lone

A Lone

“I hate you sometimes!” Trista hadn’t meant it, she never did. But the words were out there now. And, as always, that sad don’t you love me look on Sarah’s face made her insides churn. Sarah didn’t say anything though, only turned...